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How to write a great “Interests” section for your Investment Banking or Corporate Finance resume?

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Often the interests’ section is overlooked by people when they are writing their resume. Most of them just list random, boring clichés like “Reading, Music, Movies” or worst of all “Travel”.

No one in their right mind would waste a line of their resume by writing “Job: Finance at a bank” so why do it for the Interests section?

The guys doing the recruiting are (most of the time) not HR, they are analysts or managers who are sleep deprived, stressed out and bored with the pile of 100 resumes in front of them. They want excitement and they want to interview someone interesting.

So the #1 goal of your interest section is to appeal to them so that you get invited for an interview. The #2 goal , which is actually the most important, is to trigger questions about your interest during the interview. You’re better off talking about how great a swimmer you are rather than about obscure accounting technicalities, right?

That’s why you need to be specific and to quantify your interests:

– Big soccer fan? Great, just write “Arsenal football club supporter, handled the logistics for three trips in Europe for 100+ participants”

– Golf enthusiast? What about “Golf: 10 years of practice, participated in the New York Riviera Tournament, Handicap 7”

– Big traveler? Try “Travel: backpacked through 25+ countries in Europe and Africa”

Now go ahead and rewrite your Interests’ section to get more interviews and easier questions during those interviews!

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About Nicolas

Since 2011, I’ve worked with 100+ Investment Banking and Corporate Finance professionals to help them land their dream job. Investment Banking gigs at Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Lazard. Corporate finance jobs at Google, Paypal and much more. From Analyst to Managing Directors, I’ve coached my clients on their networking technique and their LinkedIn profiles; I edited their resumes and cover letters, and grilled them during intensive interview preparation sessions. You may have originally discovered me through my work as an Associate Editor at Mergers & Inquisitions where I’ve been writing for over 200,000 readers. I also give speeches on recruiting and career performance in front of large audiences including Fortune 1000 CEOs, executives and… ambassadors! In 2014, given the amazing results we achieved with my clients I decided to quit my financial analyst job, work full time on coaching and I launched 300 Finance Gurus to dig even deeper into the art of finance recruiting. I am now going to grill 300 Managing Directors, CFOs, VPs, Associates and Analysts as well as headhunters and other coaches to give you the best of the best so you can skyrocket your finance career.